Recently, an article was posted on the New Jersey News website discussing a billboard which has stirred up some controversy. The animal rights group, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), announced that they are putting up a billboard in Camden, New Jersey, which will show a baby chained to a stake with a metal collar. The billboard reads, “Cruel! Kids don’t belong in chains. Dogs don’t either.” People are speaking out against the billboard, feeling that it is too insensitive to depict a chained baby.
When it comes to animal abuse, people should realize that it is just as inhumane as child abuse, and if PETA needs to show a child in an abused dog’s situation to get the point across, then I’m all for it. If you wouldn’t chain an innocent child and leave it outside, then you shouldn’t do it to your pet either. Dogs suffer mentally and physically just as much as a child would.
If you leave your dog chained outside, especially without water or food, what is the point of even having it? Pets need love and attention, but more importantly, NOT to suffer while being restrained in a small space outside in extreme heat or coldness.
I think that being harsh and showing people images they don’t want to see is the only way to really make people open their eyes to animal abuse these days.